Episode 7 of Africa Post and Present is nw available at http://afripod.aodl.org/2013/12/afripod-78/
David Gordon (Bowdoin, History) on his recent book Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History. Gordon explores how and why spirits and discourses about spirits inspired social movements and influenced historical change, from precolonial Bemba chieftaincies and 1930s Watchtower millenarianism to the postcolonial stateâ€™s humanism and Pentecostalism under Kaunda and Chiluba, respectively. Gordon closes by noting the effervescence of Zambian studies today. (Note: the interview was recorded via Skype.)
Africa Past and Present is hosted by Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and co-produced by Matrixâ€”the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciencesâ€”and the Department of History at Michigan State University.